Bald Eagle

About the Bald Eagle

Also known as: American Eagle

The Bald Eagle is a bird of prey found in North America, most recognizable as the national bird of the United States.

The species was on the brink of extinction in the United States at the end of the 20th century, but now has a stable population.

The Bald Eagle's natural range covers most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico.

Bald Eagles are powerful fliers, and also soar on thermal convection currents. In the wild, Bald Eagles can live about 20-30 years, and have a maximum life span of approximately 50 years. They generally live longer in captivity, up to 60 years old. Check out our Bald Eagle gifts for birdwatchers and eagle lovers.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 March 2007
Scientific Name
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Haliaeetus
  • H. leucocephalus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
31 to 37 inches
70 to 90 inches
105 to 250 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白头海雕
Czech (Cesky) Orel Bělohlavý
Danish (Dansk) Hvidhovedet Havørn
Dutch (Nederlands) Amerikaanse Zeearend
Finnish (Suomi) Valkopäämerikotka
French (Français) Pygargue à tête blanche
German (Deutsch) Weißkopfseeadler
Italian (Italiano) Haliaeetus Leucocephalus
Japanese (日本語) ハクトウワシ (Hakutouwashi)
Korean (한국어) 흰머리수리 (Huinmeorisuri)
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvithodehavørn
Polish (Polski) Bielik Amerykański
Russian (русский язык) Белоголовый
Spanish (Español) Pigargo Cabeciblanco
Swedish (Svenska) Vithövdad havsörn
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